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The author of the book: Craig A. Monson
Edition: University of Chicago Press
Date of issue: May 3rd 2016
ISBN: 022633533X
ISBN 13: 9780226335339
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In April 1644, two nuns fled Bologna’s convent for reformed prostitutes. A perfunctory archiepiscopal investigation went nowhere, and the nuns were quickly forgotten. By June of the next year, however, an overwhelming stench drew a woman to the wine cellar of her Bolognese townhouse, reopened after a two-year absence—where to her horror she discovered the eerily intact, garroted corpses of the two missing women.
           
Drawing on over four thousand pages of primary sources, the intrepid Craig A. Monson reconstructs this fascinating history of crime and punishment in seventeenth-century Italy. Along the way, he explores Italy’s back streets and back stairs, giving us access to voices we rarely encounter in conventional histories: prostitutes and maidservants, mercenaries and bandits, along with other “dubious” figures negotiating the boundaries of polite society. Painstakingly researched and breathlessly told, Habitual Offenders will delight historians and true-crime fans alike.


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Ebook Habitual Offenders: A True Tale of Nuns, Prostitutes, and Murderers in Seventeenth-Century Italy read Online! Craig A Monson has been fascinated by Renaissance and Baroque European history and culture (particularly of England and Italy) for half-a-century, and by Native American history and culture (particularly of the southwest and northern plains) since the late 1940s. His most familiar books are Nuns Behaving Badly: Music, Magic, Art, and Arson in the Convents of Italy (2010, named a “Best Book of 2010” by the Newberry Rare Book Library, Chicago), Divas in the Convent: Nuns, Music and Defiance in 17th-century Italy (2012), and Habitual Offenders: A True Tale of Nuns, Prostitutes, and Murderers in 17th-century Italy (2016, named a finalist [non-fiction] for The Bridge Book Award, 2017). Educated at Yale, Oxford, U.C. Berkeley, and Navajo Community College, he taught at Yale, as visiting distinguished professor at Amherst, and at Washington University in St Louis, where he retired as Paul Tietjens Professor of Music in 2015. When not teaching, researching, and writing, he has built the occasional harpsichord, completed an award-winning restoration of an 1840s Greek Revival house in New Haven, CT, restored a late-1870s townhouse in St Louis, MO, and restored half-a-dozen vintage campers and travel trailers, dating from the late 1930s to the early 1960s. When not in St Louis, he spends his time in Italy and in Santa Fe, NM, where he passed several summers and winters in a tipi in the Cerrillos Hills, and where he now lives off-and-on in a restored 1953 Lighthouse Duplex travel trailer, (with two upstairs bedrooms).


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